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Focus: Delivering dairy to Indian consumers

Dairy and energy sector experts are optimistic about effective cold chain solutions they say are being developed for India’s dairy sector. S...

Why China was central to Nestle executive change

Nestle's operations in Asia, Oceania and Africa have had a challenging few quarters. CFO Wan Ling Martello has been asked to take charge of...

Hershey's long-term confidence on China

Confectionery giant Hershey saw sales in China come under pressure in the first quarter of 2015, a result of the government crackdown on gif...

Nomad's post-Iglo opportunities

Nomad Holdings, the recently-established, UK-listed company set up by FMCG veterans Martin Franklin and Noam Gottesman to buy consumer goods...


Focus: Can Arla jump-start flavoured milk? 22 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

Arla Foods is looking at adding value to the UK liquid milk sector in a variety of ways, as shown by the product news it announced this week. As part of these efforts, the dairy giant is hoping to capitalise on the "macro-trends" shaping demand in the UK in order to kick-start "stalled" flavoured milk sales in the UK. Will the company's efforts pay off? Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: France's big step to uniform FOP labels 17 Apr 2015

Ben Cooper

France's new health bill, which subject to two further votes could be ratified later this year, includes provision for a voluntary colour-coded front-of-pack nutritional labelling scheme. The debate this has sparked, Ben Cooper writes, mirrors closely that seen in the UK, with food manufacturers sternly opposed to the use of colours.


What the analysts say: Analysts spot underlying issues at Nestle 17 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

Nestle beat expectations when it delivered organic sales growth of 4.4% for the first quarter this morning (17 April). However, many analysts have pointed to disappointing real internal growth – which strips out pricing – and continued sales issues at various units, including US frozen and milk and ice cream products.


Focus: How will Flowers grow in organic, speciality bread? 16 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

US baker Flowers Foods has typically increased sales by focusing on regional growth. During the group's investor day in New York this week, it was made clear extending its geographic reach in the US will remain a key strategic pillar. However, the company has also set its sights on growing share in on-trend areas such as organic, speciality and breakfast items.


What the analysts say: Danone lifted by sales beat, concerns linger 15 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

Shares in Danone edged up in Paris today, reflecting a cautiously optimistic response from the market and the hope the French group could finally have come to grips with some of the challenges that weighed in 2014. However, the verdict on Danone's fresh dairy business was mixed and concern over the struggling unit lingers.


just-food's pick: Top ten on-trend products at IFE 2015 2 Apr 2015

Dean Best

UK trade expo IFE has become a key date for smaller, domestic companies looking to build distribution at home and further afield - and gives international businesses a chance to increase awareness of their wares here. Last week, just-food visited this year's event at the ExCel centre in London's Docklands and chose the products it feels could carve out a niche.


In the spotlight: Aryzta's surprise investment in French retailer Picard 1 Apr 2015

Dean Best

Bakery giant Aryzta got the market speculating over its next move when, just a week ago, it announced plans to sell shares in Ireland-based agribusiness Origin Enterprises. But what has been the reaction to its planned investment in French frozen food retailer Picard?


M&A Watch: Where could pure-play Wessanen pounce? 31 Mar 2015

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

After selling US drinks business American Beverage Corporation earlier this month, Dutch food group Wessanen has completed its plans to be a pure-play healthy and sustainable foods group. Our M&A columnist Stefan Kirk says Wessanen has the balance sheet to make more acquisitions in food and surveys the market for targets.


On the move: The challenges awaiting ConAgra's new CEO 27 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

ConAgra Foods' third-quarter numbers were of the 'not as bad as feared' variety. That said, they were still not very good. A host of challenges lie ahead for CEO-elect Sean Connolly and he will need to find answers to big picture questions – particularly surrounding the group's private label unit – in the weeks and months to come. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: Can Mars challenge Mondelez, Nestle dominance in Indian chocolate? 27 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

Mars Inc plans to step up investment in the Indian chocolate sector by investing in local production. The Indian chocolate market is dominated by Mondelez International-owned Cadbury, with Nestle becoming a somewhat distant second. With strong growth in demand and a growing tendency for consumers to trade up to higher-margin products, could Mars' push in India challenge the established players in the market?


In the spotlight: Is Heinz, Kraft merger "a growth story"? 25 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

This morning's (25 March) news HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have inked a definitive merger agreement sent shockwaves through the US food sector. But, when the dust settles, what are we likely to see from the enlarged Kraft Heinz Co.? Katy Askew investigates.


Sustainability Watch: McDonald's antibiotics move could be seminal moment 19 Mar 2015

Ben Cooper

Campaigners have welcomed McDonald's announcement on antibiotic use in chickens but are concerned that the move is confined to the US. Ben Cooper discusses whether the fast-food operator's decision could spur more action on both sides of the Atlantic.


Digesting digital: E-commerce becomes battleground for infant formula brands in China 16 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

E-commerce has rapidly emerged as a key battleground for multinational infant formula manufacturers in China. In a category that has come under recent pressure, changing consumer patterns and a shift in the way people shop in the country has resulted in the mass migration of Chinese infant formula purchases to online channels. Katy Askew looks at how this fast-paced sector is developing.


In the spotlight: Green Giant talk underlines pressure at General Mills 16 Mar 2015

Dean Best

General Mills is reported to be considering putting its canned and frozen vegetable business Green Giant on the block. The US food group has refused to comment but, given its sales are under pressure and with US consumers turning away from more processed foods, it seems plausible the company would be weighing up a sale. Dean Best reports.


Analysis: Australia moves a step closer to protecting suppliers 11 Mar 2015

Ben Cooper

Australia is set to see the introduction of a code overseeing relations between suppliers and retailers. Will the country be a fairer place for manufacturers to do business? Ben Cooper reports.


Deal or no deal: Why Quorn is a tasty takeover treat 10 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

Rumours that private equity-owned Quorn Foods could have piqued the interest of the US's WhiteWave Foods caused a stir this week. Neither company was prepared to comment and it may be Quorn's owner Exponent Private Equity has yet to kick off an auction process but, nonetheless, the speculation highlights the potential the meat-free sector could afford branded food manufacturers. Katy Askew examines Quorn's appeal and who could be tempted by this tasty takeover target.


just-food's pick: Top ten on-trend products at Natural Products Expo West 9 Mar 2015

Hannah Abdulla

The Natural Products Expo West has become a key date in the US food industry calendar - and its significance has grown amid changes in consumer demand. Categories like free-from and organic are buoyant in the US and are attracting the attention of mainstream manufacturers searching for growth. In these ever-more competitive categories, innovation is vital and here is just-food's pick of the top ten on-trend products showcased at this year's event.


IRI's inside track: The varied trends for FMCG sales in Europe 9 Mar 2015

Tim Eales, IRI

The economic performance of markets in Europe was mixed in 2014 and signs of recovery are hard to find in a number of countries. The impact on FMCG sales has been suitably varied. IRI's Tim Eales crunches the numbers to pull out the key trends and suggests some optimism of stronger volumes in 2015.


Briefing: 11 menu trends shaping US foodservice 5 Mar 2015

Katy Askew

With foodservice sales increasing their share of total food expenditure in the US, just-food's latest management briefing examines how manufacturers can cash in on this expanding channel. In order to secure supply deals at appropriate price points, packaged food manufacturers must demonstrate the value of their brands. Providing relevant, innovative products is key. An understanding of menu trends is a prerequisite for this, staying in tune with ever-evolving consumption patterns is a must. Here is just-food’s pick of the hot menu trends shaping US foodservice today.


Analysis: Optimism in UK organic industry 2 Mar 2015

Ben Cooper

After some rocky years, the UK organic sector has reason to be cheerful again, with sales rising in 2014 against the backdrop of a declining overall market. Ben Cooper finds out why there is optimism among those in organic.


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